Summer Youth Organizing Academy (SYOA) graduate and Roosevelet Hight School Taking Action student leader, Cinthia Gonzalez, is featured in this short video highlighting the discussions of Los Angeles youth regarding the state of public education at President Obama's National Youth Summit Opening.
Cinthia calls for the protection of student services and resources and
the reduction of funds used for zero tolerance policies and policing of
Black and Latino youth.
The Community Rights Campaign, based in Los Angeles, is fighting the school to prison pipeline. In October 2010, members created a "School-to-Prison" Pipeline Walking Maze & Resistance Art Exhibit to give participants a first hand experience of how inner city public high schools are increasingly hostile sites where student behavior is frequently criminalized.
In our forth annual Summer Youth Organizing Academy, Mike Breazell performs a spoken word piece that takes it back to our "Billons for Buses" Campaign and reaffirms that our fight is not over and nor will we give up what is rightfully ours!
Cithnia Gonzalez performs a spoken word piece, connecting our fight to end the "truancy sweeps" and pre-prisoning of our Black and Latino students at Roosevelt High School with the Chicano Student Walk Outs in 1968 and other oppressed nationality struggles for self-determination and liberation.
Lissett Lazo, Community Rights Organizer, performs a spoken word piece at the US Social Forum 2010, during our "Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline" workshop with our national allies (Advancement Project, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, Youth United for Change, and Power U Center).